A fun game, for serious purposes, invented by the folks in our Emergency Department, set forth in an email that went out last night. I don't recall seeing anything like this in the best practices report prepared by the Joint Commission. A good humored use of peer pressure among a group of doctors who tend to be really good at noticing things. Let's see how it works!
In order to remain vigilant about hand hygiene, patient contact etc. we will be implementing a game of tag. At the beginning of each core shift the ED Attending will clear the banner, and during that shift if a person (ED MD) is caught or "tagged" violating a patient safety mandate, their name will be placed on the banner as being "it" until they ID another MD who failed to meet hand hygiene, documentation or other targets. If at the end of a shift the "it" person has not been able to ID another MD who has violated the rules, the banner will be cleared and started again. This will start tomorrow at 7am May 1st. As of now only the attending or nursing can change the banner, so please ask the attending to update the banner as people are tagged.
A few simple suggestions;
1) Use first names only on Dash Board Banner
2) Keep the language appropriate (i.e. "Dan is it" or some similar version as the rest of the hospital sees the banner)
Let the game begin.